Elizabeth “Lizzie” Nutt

Lizzie Nutt was the eldest daughter of Captain Adam Nutt and Charlotte Nutt. During her early twenties, she became engaged to Nicholas Dukes, who was her senior by a decade. Both Dukes and Nutt belonged to the same Presbyterian church. They had often made eyes at each other across the aisle, which was the beginnings of their mutual romantic affections.

In the December of 1882, Dukes broke off the engagement due to rumors of Lizzie’s improper and scandalous behavior towards men—some of which he claimed to witness himself. As a result, Lizzie’s reputation would soon be publicly put into question.